The Gauteng education department (GDE) was granted an urgent interdict by the Johannesburg Labour Court last night to prevent the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) from disrupting schooling in Ekurhuleni. “The interdict prevents the union’s East Rand region from calling on or instigating its members to disrupt learning in any way, [and] suspend teaching or any of their other duties during learning hours,” said department spokesperson Charles Phalane in a statement. The disruption was to take place today. It further prevents Sadtu engaging in any union activity during learning hours without GDE permission and releasing pupils from school before the end of the school day without GDE permission. “The court requires Sadtu to issue a public statement calling on its members in the East Rand region not to participate in the unauthorised march planned for Wednesday August 15 during teaching hours,” he said. The interdict also effectively prevents Sadtu members from leaving school early and marching to and disrupting work at department offices. Phalane said the GDE took Sadtu to court to ensure students in Ekurhuleni would not be negatively affected by the union’s East Rand membership mobilising support for its secretary. “He is facing dismissal following his conviction in a disciplinary hearing on charges of mismanagement and misappropriation of school funds at Kuzimisela Primary School in Daveyton.” The matter was currently before the Gauteng education MEC on appeal. Sadtu was not immediately available for comment.